Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the death of his son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011. Mendell is the founder and former CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts and the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.
A Cornell ('79) and Wharton grad, Mendell went on to co-founded HEI’s predecessor in 1985, which became one of the fastest-growing hotel investment firms in the United States. In 1997, HEI sold a majority of its hotels to Starwood Lodging and Trust where Gary was named president and elected to the Starwood Board of Trustees. Gary resigned from his position in 1998 to pursue entrepreneurial activities and has since raised two discretionary private equity funds with some of the nation’s university endowments, a $275 million fund in 2004 and a $425 million fund in 2006.
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